Michael grew up riding horses in upstate New York and has been based in the horse country of New Jersey for over 20 years, having built the farm in Long Valley, NJ from the ground up.
Michael consistently produces upper-level dressage horses from young stock, selling many of them and keeping some to develop for himself. Michael has over 100 career CDI Grand Prix wins on nine different horses that he produced himself to Grand Prix.
He was a member of the 1997 gold medal winning Nations Cup team at Hickstead, (England) and a member of the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing. He has remained almost continuously listed by the USET for all major championships since 1992.
In 2016 Michael's student Alison Brock was a member of the US Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and helped the US claim a Team Bronze medal.
Michael’s involvement in dressage includes being a member of the USEF Board of Directors, hosting the Colbert Report on national television, and coaching the 2012 US Olympic Team for Three-Day Eventing. He has coached Olympians, WEG team members and dedicated adult amateurs. He was the 2009 Sportsman International Horseman of the Year.